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List of free online courses  : Those of us who use wordpress are well aware that the various themes and plugins we install increase the size of the site and significantly slow down its loading, which is very negative for the user experience (UX).

To keep it  «light», fast and secure , we suggest that you spend some time regularly (depending on the size and functions of the site), to do the cleaning and maintenance of WordPress.

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1. Delete themes and plugins you do not need

Start deleting the themes you do not use and reduce the number of your plugins. Yes, the plugins offer many useful «one click» functions, but they also significantly increase the requests  to the server, and therefore the loading time of the site. If you are not sure how many plugins are considered a lot and which ones you should remove, read this article , however in shared web hosting 10-15 plugins are fine.

2. Make sure you have done all the Updates

To avoid security vulnerabilities and malware & infection with your wordpress malware, you should always keep it up to date . Before upgrading, hold a back up and disable caching plugins. Then check if your theme and plugins support the new version of wordpress. If not (rarely anymore), you should expect versions that support it to be released or choose others that support it. If the update covers critical security vulnerabilities , upgrade immediately after disabling any plugins that are incompatible with it.

3. Remove revisions of older articles

The old revisions of your articles are stored and take up a lot of space in its database. Because there is no built-in function to delete them, you have to do it through a plugin, such as   Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions  or delete post revisions from your database manually , go to your mysql PHPMyAdmin and run this the SQL query: DELETE from wp_posts WHERE post_type = “revision”;

If you do not want your wordpress to save article reviews, you can either install a plugin like Revision Control , or disable them altogether by adding this line of code into wp-config.php: define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );

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4. Delete unnecessary media files

Delete images, gifs and videos that are no longer in use , especially from old articles and pages. To save a lot of time, we recommend using the Media Cleaner Plugin which will automatically detect and remove all unused media files.

5. Fix the broken links

Over time, some links may stop working because the content they are referring to has been deleted or moved, creating  broken links (links that lead to pages that no longer exist).

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If your blog or site has few links you can check them manually by trying each one separately. However, if there are many invalid links , we recommend Broken Link Checker , which will detect all inactive or incorrect links on your site.

6. Clean your database

Mysql databases hold a lot of unnecessary information and slow down your wordpress significantly. You can clean your database manually if you are familiar with it or use one of the specialized plugins to clean the database .

7. Remove spam comments

Spam (advertising) comments are a real problem for all websites, because in addition to the risks to the security of the site, they also take up valuable space. The popular Akismet plugin  which is pre-installed on most wordpress sites, although it traps spam comments but does not delete them permanently. That’s why you should permanently delete spam from the «Comments» section on a frequent basis.

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